MOUNT VERNON — Esta Gale Gower, 106, of Mount Vernon and formerly of Butler, passed away Sunday evening, Dec. 18, 2011, in Country Meadow Care Center following an extended illness.
She was born July 7, 1905, in Richland County to William and Etta (Snyder) Poorman. On June 30, 1928, she married Ivan Gower, who preceded her in death June 30, 1969. She and Ivan lived in Butler for many years together operating their family farm. They moved to Mount Vernon in 1957.
For 23 years, Esta worked as the baker at the Hotel Curtis in Mount Vernon, retiring in 1980. She was renowned for her pies, with loyal customers placing orders for her specialties. Esta was a member North Liberty United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher.
She enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing euchre with her friends at The Station Break Senior Citizens Center in Mount Vernon. Quite crafty, Esta was talented at sewing, quilting and crocheting. Esta also was a master at the lost art of tating.
Most of all she loved her family and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Esta is survived by her daughter, Annabelle Brinley of Bellville, with whom she resided for four years before moving to Country Meadow; a son and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Rosella Gower of Butler; eight grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a stepson, Raymond Gower; siblings, Bertha Page, Mary Waddell Wise, Ora Bender, Lester and Russell and Earl Poorman and her twin brother, Ernest Poorman; and two grandchildren.
Friends may call Thursday, Dec. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Pastor Ken Kinley will officiate, and burial will follow in North Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to North Liberty United Methodist Church may be made through the funeral home.
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